• Please be aware that avian influenza has been confirmed in the Western Isles. Great Skua and Gannet are the worst affected currently but a range of other bird species can be infected. Please avoid contact with dead birds, give sick and dying birds space, keep dogs on leads and report all instances of five or more dead birds of one species to Defra (03459 335577).

  • When here in the Outer Hebrides and looking at a bird, have you ever wondered how rare it is? The status of all species can vary enormously from island to island. How rare is Shoveler on Barra, has Stock Dove been seen on Harris, does Dotterel occur on Benbecula in the autumn, and how common is Blue Tit on North Uist? Well, fret no longer! The Status and Distribution of birds here on the Outer Hebrides has been completely updated and summarised for every species and each of the main islands and outliers. Available as an online resource at https://status.outerhebrides-birdreports.org/ or via our shop

    New - now available as an ebook

Heronries Census and Garden BirdWatch Reports

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In the last week BTO published annual summaries of not one but two of their national surveys. Firstly the Garden BirdWatch annual results were released and are well worth a read.

BTO also published the Heronries Census Summary for 2020. Obviously the season was disrupted by Covid-19, but many volunteers managed to do an early visit before lockdown. Thanks go to everyone who managed to get out last spring!

Can we increase coverage of Heronries in Scotland in 2021? Have a look at this interactive map to find your nearest vacant site. Little Egret bred in Scotland for the first time in 2020 and their northwards colonisation looks set to continue...

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Some vacant sites need surveying in the Uists (marked in orange on the map above) Go to this link for more info or to sign up https://app.bto.org/colonies/public/vacant-sites.jsp?dm_i=1L9X,7ANQN,RJY7K6,TLEPX,1 You can Zoom in on the Outer Hebrides :)
 
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